2017 Drugstore Beauty Finds
With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year fastly approaching it seems like the perfect time to stop and reflect on the past year. Even if you did not have the best 2017 I think we can all agree, in the beauty world, 2017 was a big year indeed. A number of amazing skincare products came out this year on both the high end and the drugstore fronts. I usually try not to buy skincare products that often because I do prefer to go the organic DIY route, however, 2017 had me so busy I bought more products than I have in the past years combined. In an effort to save money I did buy mostly drugstore products, so I'll be telling you guys about my absolute favorite finds. Not all of the products below are new for 2017 but they're all new to me and some of them have quickly become my go-to products.
Drugstore of High End Makeup?
Which do you tend to buy more?
Soo'Ae Rose Revitalizing Rose Mist
I cannot rave about this product enough! I had been looking for a nice rosewater toner that wouldn't completely break the bank at the time I found this and I've also used Soo'Ae products before and found them to be really gentle on my acne prone skin. So when I saw this I immediately grabbed it (and a second) to try. I bought it over the summer at my local Walmart, I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it but it can be found on the Soo'AE website for $8.
One of my favorite things about this toner is that it has rose extract but it also has raspberry and strawberry extracts as well which are all extraordinary for the skin. After using it consistently twice a day I did notice it improved the overall look and texture of my skin and helped clear up my acne as well. I do wish it was a little bit more hydrating but when you use it with a moisturizer as well you can see and feel the difference. I like to use it twice a day after I have washed my face and I apply a moisturizer on top of it. Overall this is one of my absolute favorite products I have ever used. I recommend it to everyone and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub
The same day I picked up my Soo'AE rose mist I grabbed this scrub as well. This is the first time I have ever seen an oil scrub in a drugstore or superstore, and if you have read any of my other hubs you're bound to know how I feel about essential and carrier oils. So, of course, I grabbed this without a second thought. It is made with grapeseed oil and coconut shell powder. It has fine bits of coconut shell in it as the exfoliant. It exfoliates nicely and leaves the skin extremely hydrated and smooth. Using it 2 or 3 times a week leaves my skin looking its best and greatly helped clear up my acne and keep it away. The one issue I do have with it is that when you're rinsing it off if it gets in the hair framing the face the oils will make it look stringy and dirty. This isn't a huge downfall for me considering it can be expected since it is an oil product. Again I can't remember exactly how much it was but I do know it was under $15, below I added an Amazon capsule where you can find different buying options. I highly recommend this product and I plan on trying the apricot oil scrub the next time I pick up this product.
Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Mud Mask
This is by no means a new product. I have seen this on the shelves for many many years and finally decided to give it a shot. 2017 seems to have a rose extract theme, but it really seemed to help my acne prone sensitive skin. This mud mask has not only rose extracts but also date palm and camellia extracts as well. I love the fragrance of the mask, it's an essential oil blend that is relaxing and soft. It locks in moisture after using it and seemed to help any "angry" looking breakouts or pimples and speed up the healing process. It also helped the appearance of acne marks as well. I picked up the single-use pack to test it out at my local CVS and later bought a tub of it off of Amazon for under $20. I try my best to use it twice a week in a facial routine. All you need is just a thin even layer so the tub that I have had for around 3 months now barely has a dent in it and the packets can usually be used twice. I have used so many different mud masks over the years from drug and superstores but this one is by far my favorite mud mask and I will forever recommend it to anyone with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Yes To Cucumbers 2-Step Single Use Eye Kit
I am a big fan of the Yes To company and especially their cucumber branch. The cucumber line is so gentle on my sensitive skin and does a great job at calming my acne as well. I have a tendency of not getting enough sleep (thanks, college) and bad genes that cause me to have decent both under eye bags and dark circles. I saw this kit for the first time this year at Target near campus and decided to give it a shot and I'm so glad I did. It did provide a noticeable difference in the appearance of both the bags and circles. One thing I do recommend however is that if you like the under eye cream that they provide in the kit make sure to save the little bit of extra you have. It is not one of the Yes To Cucumber products you can buy alone and is great to use as a nightly eye cream. I did like the eye cream/treatment better than the mask but they did a great job together. I do believe when I picked this up from Target it was around $5, but I'm not positive. I do know you can get it off Amazon for under $10 and it is worth a try if you have bags and dark circles like mine and have a night out planned. Its perfect to use before a night out before doing your makeup.